Hunting for History

PUT IN BAY, Ohio — The rich lore of Lake Erie contains a very colorful chapter on the extensive history of waterfowl hunting in the Sandusky Bay and along the lake’s shoreline.

Ducks and geese by the hundreds of thousands would pour into the lush marshes and wetlands along the lake. This abundance of game attracted both market hunters, who would harvest waterfowl as their primary source of income, and some of the wealthiest people in the country who formed very exclusive hunting clubs in the region.

These hunters used many creative and lifelike decoys and powerful firearms. Many decades ago, most of these vintage decoys were lost, destroyed, or even used to heat hunting cabins, and the few that remain are highly-prized pieces of American folk art.

The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island has assembled a collection of these antiquities, some of which date back to the mid-1800s, along with photos, paintings, and other waterfowl hunting items. The “Classic Decoys of Western Lake Erie” exhibition features this bygone era when the skies above the lake would fill with ducks.

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Put in Bay Cheers the Cleveland Cavaliers!

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed the unimaginable on Sunday night… a 93-89 Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors to win the franchise’s first NBA championship. No team in 32 tries had ever come all the way back from being down 3-1 to win the NBA Finals.

LeBron James, Finals MVP, has now delivered Cleveland’s first professional championship in 52 years. He led all players in this series in points, assists, steals and blocks. He gathered 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

The Warriors defeated the Cavs on this stage a little over a year ago. The Warriors had a 73-win regular season. This has all gone to waste. The Cavaliers prevented them from capturing what truly mattered.

An 11-4 run ignited by six points by Draymond Green in the final four minutes of the second quarter helped the Warriors close the half strong. The went into intermission with a seven-point lead. That was the biggest of the game for either team at that point.

It was back and forth throughout the final 12 minutes, as The Finals finally got the nail-biter everyone wanted. The Warriors led 87-83 after a Green jumper, but James rattled off six straight — three free throws and a trey — for an 89-87 advantage with 4:53 left. Golden State tied it, but never got the lead back. Cleveland gets the win!



Just got back from the parade downtown… WOW! Never been in a crowd that big before. Utter pandamonium and fun!

The parade was fun. And long. Very long. But there was confetti. Players danced. LeBron James spoke. J.R. Smith strolled around shirtless. Richard Jefferson un-retired. Jim Brown made an appearance. The Ohio State marching band tooted their horns.

For those who missed it, LeBron James and the rest of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers were honored with a downtown parade today as the city celebrated its first major professional sports title since 1964.

A crowd of approximately 1.3 million, some who had slept on sidewalks overnight to get a good view, packed downtown Cleveland like never before, spilling off sidewalks into streets along the 1.5 mile parade route that took more than four hours to crawl through, concluding with a rally at Mall B. Yes, that’s right… 0.375 miles per hour! It was THAT crowded!

The parade, which featured 60 floats, began with a truck spraying confetti into the crowd and was followed by Ohio State coaches Urban Meyer and Thad Matta and the OSU marching band. Not far behind were the Lake Erie Monsters, who won the AHL’s Calder Cup this season, and of course the Cavs dancing girls.

Fans stood on rooftops and portable toilets, and hung out of office building windows hoping to get a glimpse of James, who rode in the Rolls-Royce convertible with his wife, Savannah, and their three children. Near the start of the route and just feet from where his iconic, 10-stories-tall banner hangs, James, wearing a gold cap and chomping on a cigar, stood and posed with his arms outstretched just as he does on the giant mural.

That just happened, Cleveland… THAT JUST HAPPENED!

And who knows, you may even see some of the players up on the island again this year. There have been Cavalier sightings in the past (as well as Browns and others). To book a vacation rental home or condo, or just to check availability, please call 216.898.9951 or visit and WE’LL SEE YOU AT THE BAY!

The Amazing Island Raise

Ottawa County CASA and Joyful Connections are teaming up to host Season 4 of The Amazing Island Raise Put-in-Bay Style on June 11. This is for all of the Amazing Race fans out there that want to solve clues, complete challenges and win great prizes, all while enjoying the fun and sun of Put-In-Bay.

Teams of 4-6 adults will race against one another to see who has what it takes to be the Amazing Raise champion. Teams will ride the Miller Ferry to the Island where the clues and challenges will take place. Once the winner has been declared, the teams can remain on the Island to enjoy the rest of the day and return on the ferry when they are ready. The entry fee of $40 per person will cover the cost of round trip transportation to the island, as well as a team t-shirt and food at the finale location. The fun will begin at 11 a.m. and the group will depart for Put-in-Bay at noon.

Registration forms for this event can be found at joyfulconnections. For questions or more information, contact Sheila Powell at or 567-262-3181.

All proceeds will benefit Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA.

Joyful Connections is a supervised visitation and exchange center in Oak Harbor that provides a child-focused, healthy, safe and homelike environment where children can visit and stay connected with family members during crisis situations. Ottawa County CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for abused and neglected children. To learn more, visit and


Put in Bay Pyrate Fest 2016

Put-in-Bay’s 8th Annual Put in Bay Pyrate Fest sees the return of the Pyrate King for 4 days to find his stolen treasure. Dress as a pyrate and join the fun. This is a fun-packed weekend for kids and adults alike with a Pirate Parade wandering around the park downtown and a Costume Contest for both kids and adults. The best adult costume wins a trip to the Cayman Islands!!! There is a Pyrate marketplace and displays, a kid’s fun fest and black powder firing demonstrations every day during the event.

Discover many fun pirate events such as reenactors demonstrating sword fighting techniques and the art of skullduggary. Kids can practice with foam swords too! Pyrate Village (home to the Marketplace) and DeRivera Park will also feature more than 50 reenactors on-hand who will be available for photo opportunities and who can even help you pick the perfect pirate name. There will also be living history demonstrations on 18th century cooking, medicine, weapons and navigation.


SPECIAL #1 – Book one of the few remaining Island Club Vacation Homes for the weekend, and save $200! Use Promo Code “200PYRATE” when you call 216-898-9951 to reserve.



Schedule of Events:

June 17 – Friday of Pyrate Fest opens with “Booms over the Bay.” Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor for the 8th year in a row at 4:00 PM to open the festivities. The best place to view the battle is along the downtown waterfront. The official opening ceremony is at 7 p.m.

June 18/18 – Saturday and Sunday, the Pyrate Village with Pyrate Marketplace, Faire Wynds Circus, historic displays on cooking, medicine, weapons, and navigation will be open 11 am to 5 pm. More than 50 re-enactors in pyrate gear will be downtown for photo ops, discussing tactics, and helping you choose a “pyrate name”.

June 18 – Saturday fun activities for the entire family, including Kids Costume Contest, and an Adult Costume Contest with the winner headed to the Cayman Islands. Saturday evening brings a spectacular fireworks display on the island at dusk.

June 19 – The second annual Pyrate Run benefiting Stein Hospice kicks off Sunday’s activities at 9:30 am. The remainder of Sunday is the annual Kids Fest.

June 20 – Monday, four-person teams representing island businesses paddle their vessels around the downtown harbor in the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at 6:00 PM.

Be prepared for black powder demonstrations by National Park Rangers dressed as 1812 period soldiers and cannon firings by Cannon Master Bob Gilmor in DeRivera Park.
SPECIAL #2 – Anyone sailing over aboard one of the Miller Boat Line ferries will receive a $1 discount on their round-trip fare if they dress like a pyrate, or talk like a pyrate when asking for their tickets at the ticket booth.

Visit Our New Web Site!

The Island Club is proud to announce the launch of our new website offering access to some of the best vacation homes and rental condos available in Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie area.

For over 20 years we have taken great pride and joy in helping our guests plan the perfect vacation on the Crown Jewel of Lake Erie, Put-in-Bay.  We plan on continuing this tradition with our new website by helping guests find the perfect property for their vacations.   Our new site allows you to browse large images of all properties, take a virtual tour, find the property on a map and much, much more.  Once you have found the right rental, take a little time to explore Put-in-Bay and plan your upcoming vacation!

We hope to see you soon!